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Treating Acne Pustules
Will follicular acne leave permanent scaring from the red marks? I had a pretty bad initial break out from Accutane papules and pustules only .
Acne Scars: Even with the most careful and conscientious treatment, acne scars may still occur. But not all scars are created equal. Generally, acne scars fall under two categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic). Within these categories, acne scars fall into one of four types: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and keloid scars. ...Read more
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
I'm 3 weeks into Accutane and ive broke out in 4 cystic pimples on forehead and also a couple of pustules on cheeks and cheek is this normal?
Can be normal: Within the first month of starting Accutane you can have flare up, which is why sometimes doctors will prescribe a lower dose than your "goal" dose for the first month to limit the initial "flare ups". If you are concerned, review this with your dermatologist. Best of luck, but remember, you have to give medications time to work. ...Read more
In selected patients: Accutane works for certain types of treatment resistant acne. However, it has significant side effects that limit its use. It causes serious birth defects so is not safe during pregnancy. It may causes problems with the skin, liver, muscles and vision. While not proven, it has also been linked to depression/suicidal thinking. You need a doc experienced with its use before starting accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well: However, it is unpleasant, and you must be sure not to become pregnant. Your skin will be dry, irritated, and may itch or burn. For severe acne, this is part of the informed consent you will give. After your course of treatment, you should be clear for at least several months. Most folks think it is worth it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to tell: Many skin products are sold as "good for treating acne", but it is hard to tell what really will happen on one's face. If wanting to test it, one can use the Sudocrem Acne Cream product on the left or right side of the face, and not use it on the other side of the face. If after 2 months, the Sudocrem side of the face is noticeably better than the other side, then the Sudocrem might be helping. ...Read more
Other options: Accutane is the most effective rx for severe acne, but your personal physician may have other ideas for you. The oral contraceptive pill may completely clear a woman who can take it. A regimen of tetracycline 500 2x/day plus topical benzoyl peroxide may clear fairly severe acne. If you have cystic acne, don't waste time / get scarred, accept the Accutane option. ...Read more